Greece’s Athenian Adventure – Life & Thyme

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In Athens, Greece, an ancient city is sprinkled with modern food options that visitors will find satisfying at any time of the day.


Lunch in Athens is late by American or Northern European standards, anywhere between one p.m. to four p.m.. For a visitor, one’s day will likely revolve around sightseeing, but even within the maze of tourism there are acceptable options for lunching.

Ta Karamanlidika Tou Fani
Sokratous 1, Athina 105 52

Ta Karamanlidika is conveniently located close to the central meat and fish markets, making it an increasingly popular destination for visitors. Featuring an excellent selection of Greek products in a unique and hospitable setting, Ta Karamanlidika is a great option for lunch. I like sitting in the semi-covered outside area just outside the main dining room.

Have some wine or raki and order a selection of plates to share. The house-marinated sardines, saganaki pastourma (cured meats, eggs and cheese served hot in a steel pan), and a plate of cured meats make for an excellent midday stop amid the hustle and bustle of the streets.

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